Category Archives: Chemical policy and legislation

More EU restrictions of hazardous chemicals

ECHA has a Registry of Restriction Intentions. It contains a long list of various chemicals proposed for restrictions by ECHA or member countries. The two most recent proposals for restrictions of hazardous chemicals were submitted on 5 October 2018. ECHA proposed restricting of the placing on the market of the 5 “soluble” and carcinogenic cobalt(II) salts…
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Zürich Statement on Future Actions on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are man-made chemicals. To date, over 4,000 unique PFASs have been used in technical applications and consumer products, and some of them have been detected globally in human and wildlife biomonitoring studies. Because of their extraordinary persistence, human and environmental exposure to PFASs will be a long-term source of concern.…
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New substances added to the REACH Candidate List

On 27th June 2018 ECHA has added 10 new chemical substances/mixtures to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorization, so it now contains 191 chemical entries. The 10 new entries are: Three cyclic siloxanes 1. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) 2. Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) 3. Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) Comment: Some uses of D4 and D5 are…
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Three siloxanes to be restricted in Europe

On January 11, 2018, ECHA, as requested by the European Commission, included dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) in a previous restriction intent of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) submitted on 13 April 2017. Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) The scope of the restriction is that leave-on personal care products and other consumer/professional products (e.g. dry cleaning, waxes and…
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